Sewing Inspiration: Spring Trends 2022

How time flies eh? I can’t believe that it’s time for some sewing inspiration from Spring trends 2022. Regular readers will know that I write a couple of these posts a year where I trawl through the upcoming trends and chat about the main themes, the colours, show you some runway inspiration and even share a few sewing pattern choices that emulate what’s new. If you’re not really into wearing every single trend under the sun…no problem…me neither, I like to pick and choose as and when…but I like to stay modern and get lots of inspiration and ideas for my sewing projects. Sometimes just a colour combination or a small detail will spark off an idea for a new make.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy checking out what’s cropping up in the new season too, so let’s dig in.

** PS. My lovely readers in the Southern Hemisphere might like to check out this post for your Autumn/Winter inspiration

The ongoing theme of recent years continues where there are still several main trends but the all-encompassing theme is that of doing your own thing and being individual. There was very little in the way of loungewear this time around and the idea of comfort has shifted from what loungewear encompasses to being comfortable with your body….there was a lot of skin on display…from bodycon catsuits to barely-there fabrics and super-short mini skirts. There were also fun bold colour combos, playful prints and handcrafted features like crochet and macrame. It was a big ‘ole melting pot of silhouettes and styles. 

As I’ve said before, if you aren’t a huge fan of trends but like the occasional idea that they throw up, why not just add a touch of colour or detail to your outfit that gives a nod to the trends…no need to go all out. You do you 🙂 

The Pantone Colours 

Brought on by the influence of the ongoing pandemic the contrasts highlighted by the colour selections from Pantone show how in one way we still crave the calm and comfort of the more restful hues but conversely, we want more joy, excitement and playfulness indicated by the bold vivid shades. What’s great about this variety though, is how it encourages fun mixing of colours and this was really evident on the runways with lots of fun colour pairings. 

Here are the two palettes as created by Pantone for both London and New York fashion weeks:

Out of these colours, there are quite a few that I like…Coral Rose, Cascade, Sudan Brown, Innuendo, Harbour Blue and Basil. How about you?

  • Mini skirts
  • Motorcycle jackets
  • Very bright colours
  • Trains that trail behind on tops, skirts or dresses
  • Fringes and stripes combined with stripes are shredded
  • Head-to-toe white
  • Bra tops
  • Lots of sheerness and cut-outs or cutaways
  • Crochet or macrame
  • Tiny cardigans like shrugs just over the shoulders
  • Sequins, chainmail, mesh and sparkles for going out on the town and dressing up
  • Low-rise pants
  • Structured blazers paired with a fluid dress or skirt underneath maybe with lace or frills
  • Gingham
  • Knitted dresses
  • Statement shirts
  • Catsuits
  • Wide, fluid trousers
  • Chunky soled shoes and big platforms
  • Baseball caps
  • Silky scarves to thread through hair or handbag
  • Bright bags
  • Cosy unstructured tote bags
  • A ‘bag-celet’ a cross between a bag and bracelet that is worn on the wrist.
  • Bug-eyed sunglasses
  • Flat sandals with lots of straps and laces up the ankle or leg
  • Structured bucket bags

Sewing Inspiration From The Runways

I’ve put a few photo collages together of some of the looks from the various runways showing Spring collections. If you want to check out more from a particular designer, click on their corresponding name at the bottom of the images and you’ll be taken to the rest of their collection.

Left to right: CHLOE, BOTTEGA VENETA, MICHAEL KORS, PORTS 1961
Left to right: EMILIA WICKSTEAD, GABRIELA HEARST, COURREGES, BRANDON MAXWELL
Left to right: JONATHON SIMKHAI, VERSACE, J SIMKHAI, BOTTEGA VENETA
Left to right: VALENTINO, MSGM, PETAR PETROV, JW ANDERSON,
Left to right: VERSACE, ARMANI, MSGM, PREEN

Sewing Patterns

I’ve managed to find a few patterns to illustrate some of the trends but as always, I bet you already have something in your stash that is relevant already or can be adapted.

**Click on the image to go to the main websites.

Vogue 1823
Vikisews Ariadna
McCalls 8010
Grasser Bra Top 483
Grasser 870
McCalls 7985 Top Dipped Back
McCalls 7933 Skirt With Train Effect
Classic Moto Ziggy By Style Arc
Vikisews Karen Low Rise Wide pants
McCalls 8111 Mini Dress
Simplicity 9372 Shrug

And that’s it for today’s onslaught of inspiration :). How do you feel about some of the trends? For me, I’m not as keen on this season’s offerings as I was on the Autumn ones. It’s a nope from me for mini skirts (though I don’t mind a skirt a couple of inches or so above my knee), sheer dresses, low rise trousers (they wouldn’t stay up due to a lack of booty real estate and enough hip curve) and tops that have a draping train effect at the back.

I quite like gingham and I don’t mind the idea of a motorcycle jacket perhaps or I might try out a shrug, but for the most part, I think I’ll just perhaps play with unusual colour combos and maybe get a bright handbag. Drop me a line in the comments with your thoughts.

In the meantime, I’ll catch you soon and thanks for stopping by…

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16 Comments

  1. February 10, 2022 / 7:18 am

    I like to look at this but I can’t see myself wearing a lot of it! I do like stompy shoes though.

    • Diane
      Author
      February 10, 2022 / 7:21 pm

      Yeah, a lot of it is quite OTT, but I love to look at it and glean little bits of inspiration. Sometimes it’ll just spark off an idea that won’t be a direct copy of what I’m looking at, like trim, a shape etc.

  2. Sharon
    February 6, 2022 / 10:02 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration and as Sue said this is a lot of work so thank you very much. I am not a fan of showing skin and I will also be heading back to check out Autumn/Winter, however you have given me plenty to plan for next year and the gingham I have got will be used and that moto jacket might just get made.

    • Diane
      Author
      February 7, 2022 / 9:21 am

      Thanks for the lovely words, Sharon. It’s great to hear that you’ve consolidated your plans to sew the gingham and moto.

  3. Martha
    February 5, 2022 / 6:27 pm

    I like the colors, and the Versace is gorgeous, and maybe I will wear it to my guitar lesson? That is a fancy as I get.
    I have always wanted to make a moto jacket so maybe I make a bright colored one.

    • Diane
      Author
      February 5, 2022 / 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Martha. A lot of the colours appeal to me too. A coloured moto jacket would be great.

  4. February 5, 2022 / 4:13 pm

    I am a huge shrug, poncho lover! I ordered the Simplicity pattern you mentioned and it was on sale this weekend (in the US and Canada) for $5.99. Thank you for another fabulous post Diane! I always look forward to these posts 🙂 Usually most of the fashion on the runway doesn’t inspire me too much but this video re Chanel is truly a don’t miss for your inspiration this weekend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2Vd54lnPN8&t=1790s

    • Diane
      Author
      February 5, 2022 / 7:29 pm

      Thanks for the lovely words, Kathleen! I’m so pleased you enjoyed my post and that you managed to snag yourself that Simplicity pattern.
      Thanks so much for that link… I did actually see it a couple of days ago and loved it so much! I’m always in awe of the people that work in the Chanel ateliers and the beautiful garments they make.

  5. Lodi
    February 5, 2022 / 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the inspiring post! Unlike the previous commentators, my heart sang when I read “low-rise pants”. (Phew, my best fitting RTW jeans are almost threadbare.) High-rise jeans sit above my navel and are SO uncomfortable.

    • Diane
      Author
      February 5, 2022 / 7:25 pm

      Thank you, Lodi! Yes, low rise works so well for some people. So glad you feel inspired!

  6. February 5, 2022 / 12:57 pm

    Another great roundup. I’m going back to check on Autumn; there’s too much skin in these fashions for me, although I love that large green shirt and a couple of other things. Thanks for all this Diane, I know how long a post like this takes.

    • Diane
      Author
      February 5, 2022 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you, Sue. I feel the same, a bit too much skin on show, but I do like some shapes and details.

  7. Sarah
    February 5, 2022 / 12:55 am

    I’m not so keen on these trends either, just can’t imagine going back to low rise pants and as for head to toe white or bra tops… that ship sailed long ago. The only one I really like is the wide fluid pants and possibly a biker jacket. Thank goodness it’s still all about personal style and individualism.
    Have you picked up on lilac being the most trendy colour for the spring? I think it’s called periwinkle, I’m not very keen on that either

    • Diane
      Author
      February 5, 2022 / 9:15 am

      Sarah, I’m so with you on the low rise trend. I’ve worn them before (never really, really low though) and I spent all my time hoiking them up because they just kept falling down…hated them! I don’t mind an all-white outfit…but as for bra tops, well I think I’ll be leaving those to the twenty-somethings!
      Yesh, I did know about Periwinkle and whilst I adore lilac and how it looks on others, it sadly makes my complexion take on a greeny-yellow tinge 🙁

  8. Vicki Maiorano
    February 4, 2022 / 8:54 pm

    I don’t Find any of the photos inspiring. I probably won’t follow any of the trends however I wouldn’t mind a Moto jacket. Thanks for the update!

    • Diane
      Author
      February 4, 2022 / 9:01 pm

      I’m afraid a lot of the actual styles for this new season don’t fire me up either Vicki. I think I’ll take inspiration from all the colours, textures and details instead.

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